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Loreena McKennitt — Kecharitomene
Album: An Ancient Muse
Avg rating:
7.2

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Total ratings: 2451









Released: 2007
Length: 6:25
Plays (last 30 days): 2
(instrumental)
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 Hannio wrote:
I wonder what our perception of what ancient music sounds like would be without Hollywood.
 the album is called An Ancient Muse, not An Ancient Music. Music is not Muse.

shoite
 kwacka wrote:

The ancient Greek word κεχαριτωμένη, translated 'gratia plena' (full of grace") - which is Gabriel's greeting to Mary in Luke 1:28.
 
HTH
 

Was that before or after he left Genesis?
 maboleth wrote:

Yes, the whole album is stellar. I love her. Sorry for 2y reply delay btw. :D
 
If you like what you hear, you will like her other albums too.

 diannemck56 wrote:
This gets a very enthusiastic "9" from me. 
 

Same here. Love just about everything she does. 
Seen her in Toronto.  The music transported me to another place and another time.  I love it!!  The talent on stage was awe inspiring.
This gets a very enthusiastic "9" from me. 
The Gates of Istanbul is more interesting. Used to get a ton of RP play.
Long Live      Radio Paradise
My rating stays at   7    
 membeth wrote:

Is the whole album good?  I like what I've heard on RP...
 
Yes, the whole album is stellar. I love her. Sorry for 2y reply delay btw. :D
 Tomasni wrote:
Long Live RP

My rating is a very solid 7  possibly higher        
 

Somebody gave a "thumbs down" - what's not to like? A "7" is good!
 jarcampbell wrote:
Nearly identical cord progression to the great Stan Ridgeway song Camouflage.  
 

It's a different chord progression, but parts do sound similar in the melodies - minor-key turnarounds.
 kingart wrote:
Translation of the song title, please? 
 
The ancient Greek word κεχαριτωμένη, translated 'gratia plena' (full of grace") - which is Gabriel's greeting to Mary in Luke 1:28.
 
HTH
Look like Slavic folk music
 jarcampbell wrote:
Nearly identical cord progression to the great Stan Ridgeway song Camouflage.  
 
Ooh...I'd love to hear that Stan Ridgway tune or any others from 'The Big Heat'.
Nearly identical cord progression to the great Stan Ridgeway song Camouflage.  
Translation of the song title, please? 
Hobbit Music.
OST Kingdom of Heaven ,epic music!
Hurdy-gurdy sounds almost like a bagpipe, dunnit?
 Cerny wrote:
For a moment I thought it was Lord of the Rings music. <3

 
Much too oriental for LOTR.  
If you dig, check out Mychal Danna's work on the Sweet Hereafter soundtrack.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WupURjiS2NM
 Proclivities wrote:
The lyrics to this tune were written by Marcel Marceau.

 

Sounds like the acoustic version of The Weeping Song from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
 maboleth wrote:
Absolute 10. LOVE Loreena! An Ancient Muse is a masterpiece.

 
Is the whole album good?  I like what I've heard on RP...
The lyrics to this tune were written by Marcel Marceau.
Game of thrones, right? Not hobbit/lord of the rings
sounds good off the 500 year old stone walls I am currently living within... 
 Cerny wrote:
For a moment I thought it was Lord of the Rings music. <3

 
Me too
For a moment I thought it was Lord of the Rings music. <3
Reminds me of the Highlands! {#Clap}
 vinylbob wrote:
PSD ! 

 



I second that!
Ah, its Lorenna!  ...might have known.  Was thinking...."The soundtrack to new season of Outlander"
Absolute 10. LOVE Loreena! An Ancient Muse is a masterpiece.
All the Hobbits in my shire love this song...  
PSD ! 
Lovely...  :-)
 kayradford123 wrote:
A nice gaelic tune to bonk to... a shame I'm sewing...
 
Don't know many men who'd last that long!
A nice gaelic tune to bonk to... a shame I'm sewing...
Brilliant 
 robin_at_domani wrote:

I wish I could rate this a 5...

O wait, I can 

 
Lol, I'm sure Loreena is heartbroken {#Cheesygrin}
 Beetlejuice wrote:
I wish I could rate this 11...

 
I wish I could rate this a 5...

O wait, I can 
I wish I could rate this 11...
I'm cooking shrimp.

It's a nice background for it.

Not sure Bill is in the same timezone as I am though. But still. Cook shrimp sometimes Bill.
soooo overplayed and sooooo boring

 
Not her most inspiring.
no more this boring stuff, please
Overwrought.
 meauclaire wrote:
Holy repetition Batman.......enough already!

 
Agree. Lovely but the shortage of distinctive variation has my brain and the track spinning in circles. 
The only question is why I only rated it 9 the first time when it is clearly 10.
A sorta' slow motion trance song - I like it.
Holy repetition Batman.......enough already!
lovely. mediative. haunting. fits my quiet sunday morning.
 unclehud wrote:

Thanks.  Ms. McKennit's music is crazy different from Mr. Bonomassa's, making me quite impressed with Mr. Bergman's range.

 

We call him the Animal!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL1aNiGsMz0          {#Drummer}
 diannemck56 wrote:
A bit of trivia for you---Tal Bergman, Joe Bonamassa's current touring drummer plays percussion on this tune.  {#Drummer}
 
Thanks.  Ms. McKennit's music is crazy different from Mr. Bonomassa's, making me quite impressed with Mr. Bergman's range.
To those who criticize Loreena's sound, consider that her mix of eastern and western music styles has an 800-900 year history.  These musical progressions were quite common in the music of the 12th-13th century troubadours who brought new sounds and instruments from their adventures in the Near-East during the Crusades..

I love the evocative nature of Loreena's music. It definitely makes me stop what I'm doing..puts me in a reflective mood.
 cmarcan wrote:
I like her music but it all sounds the same.  It gets boring fast.

 
Bingo. I thought I was listening to something from her album, The Book of Secrets.
A bit of trivia for you---Tal Bergman, Joe Bonamassa's current touring drummer plays percussion on this tune.  {#Drummer}

The opening notes always take me back to my youth in the Shire, with good friiends and a huge bowl of Old Toby.


 cmarcan wrote:
I like her music but it all sounds the same.  It gets boring fast.

 
Which is why I love RP.  A song like this is great as part of a playlist, though i don't think I could spend an hour listening to a CD of tunes like this.
I get confused....

Why do I like this piece of music-? 

As a Logical Virgo...I am supposed to be able to delve into the ins and outs of things... 

I guess it's just like Real Life...Meaning some things JUST ARE...accept it and enjoy the ride. 

Thanks
 Misterfixit wrote:


I had to look up Game of Thrones on the Wiki.  OK.   I've had this particular album since it was issued.  It sits inside the CD playing on my car and is used to lull me away from momentary disasters of Road Rage, wherein I would ordinarily be ramming into slow driving soccer moms driving erratically whilst chattering on cell phones with little Moppet, Muffin and Young Chad in the back seats whining, cavorting, and otherwise creating an invisible haze of chaos inside the vehicle.  Poor kids don't known that Mommie has her electric ben-wah balls securely in place and running directly from the main 600 amp battery of the gas guzzling behemoth.  NO, the tracks herein permit me to gently avoid  my Rush of Divine Wind as I drive into the Battleship-like Goliath spewing carbon, smoke and Gore.  Amen.
 
Isn't that a lot of power for mere ben wah balls, MisterF? AA batteries might be a lot more convenient.

I suppose we should thank Loreena for keeping you from harshing Mom's vibe...

ben wah balls  
4 out of 5 mothers prefer them to furry dice on the rearview! 

 
 Misterfixit wrote:


I had to look up Game of Thrones on the Wiki.  OK.   I've had this particular album since it was issued.  It sits inside the CD playing on my car and is used to lull me away from momentary disasters of Road Rage, wherein I would ordinarily be ramming into slow driving soccer moms driving erratically whilst chattering on cell phones with little Moppet, Muffin and Young Chad in the back seats whining, cavorting, and otherwise creating an invisible haze of chaos inside the vehicle.  Poor kids don't known that Mommie has her electric ben-wah balls securely in place and running directly from the main 600 amp battery of the gas guzzling behemoth.  NO, the tracks herein permit me to gently avoid  my Rush of Divine Wind as I drive into the Battleship-like Goliath spewing carbon, smoke and Gore.  Amen.
 
Maybe I'll have to put the CD in my car player!  Love the text!
BORING{#Sleep}
 
Even though I do enjoy her music, I have to agree, she can get boring if listening to a whole CD of her.

cmarcan wrote:
I like her music but it all sounds the same.  It gets boring fast.
 


I can't get over the visual of the ben wah reant. However, if you get a chance to see her (Loreena) live, DO IT,
 Misterfixit wrote:


I had to look up Game of Thrones on the Wiki.  OK.   I've had this particular album since it was issued.  It sits inside the CD playing on my car and is used to lull me away from momentary disasters of Road Rage, wherein I would ordinarily be ramming into slow driving soccer moms driving erratically whilst chattering on cell phones with little Moppet, Muffin and Young Chad in the back seats whining, cavorting, and otherwise creating an invisible haze of chaos inside the vehicle.  Poor kids don't known that Mommie has her electric ben-wah balls securely in place and running directly from the main 600 amp battery of the gas guzzling behemoth.  NO, the tracks herein permit me to gently avoid  my Rush of Divine Wind as I drive into the Battleship-like Goliath spewing carbon, smoke and Gore.  Amen.
 



Tnx, I enjoyed the chortle from reading your rant.
I like her music but it all sounds the same.  It gets boring fast.
2 shows at the National Arts Centre  coming up. Had to add second show due to demand. Dec 1 and 2
Was this not the intro to the HBO series Deadwood?
 
Lame
 
 pcicatar wrote:
I was quickly drawn in by what sounded similar to the "Game of Thrones" theme music.  I've always loved Loreena, so I'll have to track this album down!    {#War}

 

I had to look up Game of Thrones on the Wiki.  OK.   I've had this particular album since it was issued.  It sits inside the CD playing on my car and is used to lull me away from momentary disasters of Road Rage, wherein I would ordinarily be ramming into slow driving soccer moms driving erratically whilst chattering on cell phones with little Moppet, Muffin and Young Chad in the back seats whining, cavorting, and otherwise creating an invisible haze of chaos inside the vehicle.  Poor kids don't known that Mommie has her electric ben-wah balls securely in place and running directly from the main 600 amp battery of the gas guzzling behemoth.  NO, the tracks herein permit me to gently avoid  my Rush of Divine Wind as I drive into the Battleship-like Goliath spewing carbon, smoke and Gore.  Amen.
Reminds me a bit about ENYA but maybe not as fully flavoured, maybe more subtle or more boring
 odopop wrote:
elevator music
 
Couldn't wait to get out if it was..! Or rather take the stairs...

'So I play this melody and you repeat it, yes?'
This concept only worked for me in Lily was Here (Candy Dulfer) and even then it got lame after a while...
elevator music
Omg! it takes to another Place...:)
Kecharitooo-ooo-mene... give us the nice bright colors...give us the greens of summers....


 kingart wrote:
Yes, I own the Lord of the Rings soundtrack. It's only one of the finest musical scores in recent memory is all. Awesome is a word, however much a cliche, comes to mind. 
As for this Loreena McKennit piece, uhh, it's derivative of something. The melody is from somewhere else. I'm getting brain frazzle trying to conjure where I've heard it before, like a name or fact that buzzes maddeningly just beyond one's ability to identify it. Surely someone else here has noticed this; what the hell is it? 
 
I think it's a lot like "Prologue" from her Live in Paris and Toronto album.
Love the use of the (what I assume) is the bodhràn on this  and many other of her songs.
 colleen wrote:

Celtic.
She uses Celtic instruments and cultural inspiration from her Celtic background.
Up here in Canada, Celtic music and culture is a strong part of our heritage.
Many of us are descended from the Scottish and Irish.

 
And the English, Welsh and French, all of whom have Celts in their territories to this day in Europe and here in Canada.


I see many RP listeners referring to "these albums". I guess the audience is a mature one for the most part. 

I like Loreena quite a bit. A really great sound. 
 kingart wrote:
Yes, I own the Lord of the Rings soundtrack. It's only one of the finest musical scores in recent memory is all. Awesome is a word, however much a cliche, comes to mind. 
As for this Loreena McKennit piece, uhh, it's derivative of something. The melody is from somewhere else. I'm getting brain frazzle trying to conjure where I've heard it before, like a name or fact that buzzes maddeningly just beyond one's ability to identify it. Surely someone else here has noticed this; what the hell is it? 
 
Celtic.
She uses Celtic instruments and cultural inspiration from her Celtic background.
Up here in Canada, Celtic music and culture is a strong part of our heritage.
Many of us are descended from the Scottish and Irish.


I was quickly drawn in by what sounded similar to the "Game of Thrones" theme music.  I've always loved Loreena, so I'll have to track this album down!    {#War}

Yes, I own the Lord of the Rings soundtrack. It's only one of the finest musical scores in recent memory is all. Awesome is a word, however much a cliche, comes to mind. 
As for this Loreena McKennit piece, uhh, it's derivative of something. The melody is from somewhere else. I'm getting brain frazzle trying to conjure where I've heard it before, like a name or fact that buzzes maddeningly just beyond one's ability to identify it. Surely someone else here has noticed this; what the hell is it? 
 fredriley wrote:

That's 98% of all web forum contributions done, then. The WWW has done for discussion and understanding what the KKK did for inter-racial harmony.
 
Way too true. If you want to be disillusioned with the current state of humanity just read the comment sections below any CNN story. What a waste of bandwidth just to give so many effin trolls an outlet. 
Getting to know this one now.
 Sloggydog wrote:
I see this unbelievable artist is also being slated in the comments page.  Its disappointing but then if it wasn't for disappointment i might not have any appointment at all.  I think we should start a new campaign 'keyboards from cretins' designed to remove the ability to contribute to forums from cretins.
 
That's 98% of all web forum contributions done, then. The WWW has done for discussion and understanding what the KKK did for inter-racial harmony.

I gotta dig out this CD

Kecharitomene = Greek for "having been graced" or thereabouts. . . 


This was tolerable the first 600 times it was played.... getting old.
Have to disappoint you; like this music very much but don't have the soudtrack...
Love LedZep too, ain't that strange?

 
whtahtefcuk wrote:
I think what I hate about this kind of music... is it is the stuff that should be back ground music is some shit Hollywood movie... not what I listen to.

I bet peeps who like this own the Lord of the Rings sound track. 
 


persistent images of an ancient https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silk_Road Silk Road caravan ... effective piece
 whtahtefcuk wrote:
I think what I hate about this kind of music... is it is the stuff that should be back ground music is some shit Hollywood movie... not what I listen to.

I bet peeps who like this own the Lord of the Rings sound track. 
 

 Rooney wrote:

well there you have it.  It's not what you listen to.  Hardly a reason to classify as "some shit."  All kinds of generalizations in your post.  She's a gifted artist, perhaps not your cup of tea, but DUDE, don't wax hateful. 

 

that's cool you don't like it, but i have to agree with Rooney

{#Good-vibes}       ~ ~ ~ don't hate ~ ~ it spreads bad energy.  {#Good-vibes}

Very timely tune in light of what is happening right now in Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen.
My heart and prayers are with those who struggle against tyranny and a desire for basic human rights. May they reach their goals by peaceful measures.
An inspired piece!  Love it!
loreena mckennitt! great music, tip mystic´s dream
 whtahtefcuk wrote:
I think what I hate about this kind of music... is it is the stuff that should be back ground music is some shit Hollywood movie... not what I listen to.

I bet peeps who like this own the Lord of the Rings sound track. 
 
well there you have it.  It's not what you listen to.  Hardly a reason to classify as "some shit."  All kinds of generalizations in your post.  She's a gifted artist, perhaps not your cup of tea, but DUDE, don't wax hateful. 

 Sloggydog wrote:
I see this unbelievable artist is also being slated in the comments page.  Its disappointing but then if it wasn't for disappointment i might not have any appointment at all.  I think we should start a new campaign 'keyboards from cretins' designed to remove the ability to contribute to forums from cretins.
 

hear! hear!
I see this unbelievable artist is also being slated in the comments page.  Its disappointing but then if it wasn't for disappointment i might not have any appointment at all.  I think we should start a new campaign 'keyboards from cretins' designed to remove the ability to contribute to forums from cretins.
 whtahtefcuk wrote:
I think what I hate about this kind of music... is it is the stuff that should be back ground music is some shit Hollywood movie... not what I listen to.

I bet peeps who like this own the Lord of the Rings sound track. 
 
As a matter of fact, I DO own the entire soundtrack to Lord of the Rings. I know what goes into writing a film score, and I think Howard Shore is a genius.  I love Loreena McKennitt's music, too.  I checked your list of favorites, and I sorta see why this song wouldn't be your cuppa.  But you've got some VERY cool music rated at 10, so good on ya!{#Wave}{#Mrgreen}


loggin out... cya
I think what I hate about this kind of music... is it is the stuff that should be back ground music is some shit Hollywood movie... not what I listen to.

I bet peeps who like this own the Lord of the Rings sound track. 
 parrothead wrote:
This belongs in some Hollywood movie soundtrack. I mean this in a good way too.
 

Something with Hobbits and Elves
What is the value here... this sucks...
This belongs in some Hollywood movie soundtrack. I mean this in a good way too.
showing my age and mental state... but I'm surprised that no one mentioned "The Shipping News".
Oh NO, not HER (AGAIN)!
hey, that's it. I had to jump up and comment YES, just incase..lol I was just twitching my hips and wishing for zills
 passsion8 wrote:
Many nego comments. However, the ratings are high. I suppose those that dislike are furiously typing whilst those who approve are passively enjoying.

{#Meditate} 
Hmm... Well to redress the balance a resounding thumbs up from Hertford.

Definitely passive enjoyment going on here. Just the thing for 11pm detergent box designing music. 9 



 peter_james_bond wrote:

OK, jump in the can and we'll put you out on the curb.
 
{#Lol}

Isn't that one bar silence before min 5.10 just amazing? Gives me the goose bumps everytime.
Many nego comments. However, the ratings are high. I suppose those that dislike are furiously typing whilst those who approve are passively enjoying.

{#Meditate} 
I've heard this too many times... think I used to like it... not so much these days.
this starts off with traces of greek tradition and winds up as senseless and purposeless new-age time-waster.
Grab our guitar, plug in the wah wah pedal and add some background. or sit back and groove. I like her music and band of musicians
I often like Loreena McKennitt but this one does nothing for me.
Dave_Mack wrote:
Sing with me, "Kecharitomeeeeeeene, it give us the nice bright colors..."


Gives us the greens of summer, makes you think all the world's a sunny day!
Nice call, Dave {#Roflol}
A 9 for me. Because of the memories of endless nights of role-playing with Loreena contributing to the mood.
This piece speaks to the belly dancing, spiritual cowgirl.  I love it.  Keep it up. 
She's absolutely brilliant - I don't care what she drives.  haha
This one pales in comparison to some of her other stuff  - imho